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Stellenbosch University

  • Professor Kathryn Chu, Co-Lead Stellenbosch University, South Africa   

Professor Chu is a general and colorectal surgeon. She received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University. She completed her medical degree and general surgery residency at the University of California- San Francisco. She was a Fulbright scholar at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where she received a Master's degree in Public Health and Developing Countries. She is an adjunct professor at University of Botswana (Department of surgery), a Board member of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health and the inaugural director of the Centre of Global Surgery. 

Twitter @kathryn_chu_sa

  • Dr Lungiswa Nkonki

Co-Investigator, Senior Lecturer, Division of Health System & Public Health

Dr Lungiswa Nkonki is a senior lecturer in the Department of Global Health at Stellenbosch University. Between 2013 and 2019, she served as a panel member on the Competition Commission of South Africa’s first Private Healthcare Market Inquiry. She is a South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) member. Also, she is an Editorial Board member for PLOS Global Public Health and the South African Journal of Science.

Her research interests include economic evaluation of healthcare interventions – particularly the cost-effectiveness of community-based interventions aimed at improving maternal, child and adolescent health outcomes. Other research experience includes measuring inequality in health outcomes, social determinants of health, health systems research, universal health coverage, and private healthcare. She has also worked as a specialist scientist at the Medical Research Council.

Twitter @LungiswaNkonki

  • Dr Christina Laurenzi, Co-Investigator & CEI lead

Christina Laurenzi is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Life Course Health Research at Stellenbosch University, where she focuses on adolescent and participatory engagement, mental health interventions, and implementation science approaches to evaluation. She is passionate about South-South collaboration and generating evidence to inform programming that can support marginalized individuals and communities. Christina has collaborated with a diverse range of partners including the World Health Organization, UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office, Plan International, One to One Africa Children’s Fund, and citiesRISE. She received her doctorate from Stellenbosch University in 2020.        

Twitter @xtinalaur

Research Gate: Christina Laurenzi